1933 Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition Wikipedia
The Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition was part of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The Fair's theme that year was a Century of Progress, and celebrated man's innovations in architecture, science, technology and transportation. The "Homes of Tomorrow" exhibition was one of the most noteworthy exhibits of the Fair, and showcased man's modern innovations in architecture, design, and building materials.
In addition to several unique art deco and contemporary designs for a dozen model homes, futuristic home furnishings and accoutrements such as a personal helicopter pad were anticipated. Several architects and firms used the model homes to demonstrate their techniques for the pre-fabricated home and new materials. Baked enamel and Rostone — a man-made type of masonry that could be molded into specific shapes and produced in various colors — were hailed as affordable and durable home construction options.
The following homes were showcased in the exhibit which ran the duration of the fair:Weiboldt-Rostone House, Walter Schuler, Architect
Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House and Stran-Steel Garden Home, O'Dell & Wirt C. Rowland, Architects
House of Tomorrow, George Fred Keck, Architect
Masonite House: Frazier & Raftery, Architects
Armco Ferro Enamel Frameless Steel House, Robert Smith, Jr. Architect
House for Brick Manufacturers Association of America: Andrew N. Rebori, Architect
Florida Tropical House, Robert Law Weed, Architect
American Forest Products & Lumber Industries House: Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. Architect
General House, Inc., Howard T. Fisher, Architect
Design for Living Home, John C.B. Moore and Horsley & Wood, Architects
Cypress Log Cabin
Universal Houses' Country Home.
After the exposition ended in 1934, Robert Bartlett purchased five of the homes, the Wieboldt-Rostone House, the House of Tomorrow, the Florida Tropical House, the Cypress Log Cabin, and the Armco-Ferro House, loaded them on barges and floated them across Lake Michigan to Beverly Shores, Indiana. The original homes have survived the last 75 years on the shores of Lake Michigan and are being restored through a partnership between the National Park Service, Indiana, the Indiana Landmarks, and private individuals. As visitors passed through the homes during the fair, many bought plans and erected the designs in other states.